The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Josh Burek is a former Director of Global Communications and Strategy for the Belfer Center, and former Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.
A member of the Center’s senior management team, Burek was responsible for resource development and for leading the Center’s publishing and editorial operations, digital platforms, multimedia, marketing, branding, and outreach to government and media. He taught a course and workshops on persuasive communication at Harvard Kennedy School. He also led engagement with members of the Center's International Council. Before coming to the Belfer Center, Burek was the Executive Director for Marketing and Communications at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, where he engineered a major website merger and redesign, and a substantial increase in multimedia policy impact. He is a former reporter and editor for The Christian Science Monitor, interviewing thought leaders from David McCullough to Muhammad Yunus. Burek has a B.A. in political science and economics from Principia College and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.Last Updated: Jul 7, 2022, 12:16pm